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Provo, Utah
United States
America's Freedom Festival
85F / 29C
Total Time = 32m 15s
Overall Rank = /2000
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up WAY early, and headed for race day registration. Met up with my Nephew, got him registered and looked for Agur and his wife.

Nothing special. Decided to run this race at the VERY last minute
Event warmup:

Walking around the venue to loosen up the legs

  • 32m 15s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile

Did this race on the spur of the moment. Glad I did it though! was a great time!

Biggest issue for me today was altitude. I've definately lost much of that altitude conditioning that I enjoyed when I lived in this area. Mile 1 felt really good, I felt loose and relaxed, although I could tell that I was having to work harder for air.

Walked for a few seconds at Mile 1.25, as I felt good but needed to catch my breath. Kept plugging along, passing others, and yes, getting passed, but I really was enjoying myself. The first two miles of the race are almost exclusively along the course of the GRAND PARADE which started at 9:00 am, just about 1:45 minutes after the race started. The parade is huge and people camp out the night before to get good seats for it. As I was running (along with probably 1500-2000 others) it was great to have a great crowd along the course cheering for the runners. Made it a LOT of fun, and kept me wanting to do well.

Not much crowd along the last 3/4 mile of the course until you started to get close to the finish area. THen there were LOTS of people

Mile three starts out with a short downhill and then a pretty steep climb. It was starting to get hot, and well, I still struggled with getting enmough air. It really slowed me down. I felt like I could run it, but I'd have to walk, because the air was thin. Altitude here is about 4700 feet above Sea Level, and with the warm temperatures, I sure the pressure altitude was closer to 5000 feet. I just could get enough air.

Ran into the finish chute, got my Finishers medal (Yes -- for a 5k) and got some water. Met up with my Nephew and Drew, and walked it off. After about 20 minutes or so, I walked about a mile to the Parade Route to join up with my kids to wathc the BIG parade

What would you do differently?:

Just manage pace a little better early on -- especially at altitude.

Otherwise, not much else.
Post race
Warm down:

GOt water, medal and walked it off

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

While it's only a 5k and 10k event, this race is done with class. T-Shirts were high quality Technical Fabric, Plenty of water and Aid Stations, and Finishers Medals. They even chip timed the event!

The course also makes it a fun race, as you run along the parade route.

While will never be a "A" race for me, it was a lot of fun, and would do it againg in a heartbeat!

Last updated: 2008-07-04 12:00 AM
00:32:15 | 03.11 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/2000
Performance: Average
Best Pace: 8:26 Mile 1 - 9:32 Mile 2 - 9:51 Mile 3 - 11:43
Course: Good course. For the most part follows the "Grand Parade" route down University Street and Center Street in Provo. First Mile is flat to "slightly" downhill. Mile 2 contains a very slight incline. Mile 3 is pretty much uphill all the way, and has actually a pretty good climb in the last half mile.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-07-04 8:06 PM

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Peoria, Arizona
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2008-07-05 4:00 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Looks like a good time.  That's some serious altitude adjustment!
2008-07-05 4:29 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Nice job!  Altitude is tough to deal with.  Sounds like a good 5k though.
2008-07-07 7:13 AM
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North Carolina
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Back in Utah and racing!! Sounds like a good time!!
2008-07-07 4:57 PM
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A farming town in MN
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Congrats on a great race in tough's bringing back bad memories of SLC marathon...
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